Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas 2011

From Audrey:
-A cute headband

From Kara:
-A cute hat

From Aaron:
-A cute hat

From Rachel:
-Two pair of Christmas socks
-A red scarf
-Giant Mr. Goodbar

From Pam:
-Fuzzy socks

From Kelly:
-Coach wallet

From my cousin Brenda:
-A recipe book of my late grandmother's handwritten recipes

From Carmen:
-A ceramic mug plate
-A half apron
-A recipe book of appetizers

From Jared:
-A Relaxation Fountain

From Jake:
-A really cute mini easel and canvas with a bead bracelet

From Jason:
-Lots of cuss words and hostility and violence and drug addiction and drama

From my parents:
-An arm band for my iPod
-Newest Radiohead album
-Lots of candy (dark Dove chocolate, dark chocolate with almonds, 60% Ghirardelli squares, candy cane Kisses, Holiday Tic Tacs)
-Petit Ecolier cookies
-Bahama & Co. Scented necklace
-Loofah sponge
-Drain snake
-Zit extractor
-$10 Target gift card
-A darling black coat
-Clinique Happy
-A makeup bag and Clinique makeup
-Clothing iron
-Wireless router
-New white robe
-Sports bra and new workout clothes
-Palm tree "I'd rather be at the beach" license plate frames
-California mug
-Christmas classics DVDs (Rudolph, Frosty, Santa Claus, etc.)
-Christmas Carol DVD

From my grandpa Gabe:
-Card and money

From my grandparents:

My family all liked the presents I made them--Message frames to promote kind words and love in the house, and heated rice bags scented like lavender vanilla.

Jev and I made leftover ham and eggs and toast for breakfast.

I posted the frames up on everyone's doors.

Mom and I went to church. The talks were really good.

Then I spent the day cleaning the dining room and family room for dinner. I also helped mom with some of the pie stuff. The house looks good and hopefully the pies taste good.

I'd rather forget about the less-than-positive aspects of this Christmas day, suffice it to say it was drug related and has pushed my family beyond what any family deserves to experience.

I will hope that this clean house, yummy food, and company later will make it a little better. I do hope your Christmas was at least a little merrier than my family's.

Saturday, December 17, 2011


I just switched my Facebook over to the Timeline style profile. And what a timely switch that was! I clicked on map and could see my check-ins for this year.

I have had 112 check-ins at 24 Hour Fitness since January 4th of this year.

Considering that I didn't even check in every time I went to the gym, and considering that often times if I didn't go to the gym, I exercised at home with a DVD or Netflix video, I have exercised on more than one-third of the days in 2011.

This makes me feel really accomplished!

I may not have worked out super hard every day. I may not have stuck to a routine or regiment for specific days. I may not have even lost weight.

But I have been consistent.

And for my health, that is what matters.

In the past I have gone through phases and spurts of working out, especially during the summer and tapering off in the colder weather.

The kind of consistency I have demonstrated to myself this year in exercising is something I needed to see tonight. I needed to see that I could be consistent and diligent in doing something good. I needed to see that I haven't been as stagnant or inadequate as I thought. I needed to see the measurement of it. The visual fact right in my face.

Sometimes we just need to know that we can do it; and sometimes we find that out by seeing that we already have.

Here's to 2012... a year of continued consistency and progress.

A Date and Other News

I had the privilege of going on yet another date with the handsome Aaron last night. We went to Planet Play, where he had a $20 certificate to spend on games and activities. We also ate at the pizza buffet. I'm not sure either of us was super impressed with the food, but we were hungry, so we really didn't care a whole lot.

When you walk in, there's a big area to the right for parties. Up on the left there's the buffet. There's a dining room off to the right where we ate. Then the whole back area was where you "play." We did lots of arcade games. Aaron beat me at the car race. We played football and basketball arcade games--yep, even ME! We did a target shooting game which was fun. The gun was super heavy though. Yikes. We played a round of mini golf where someone saved us like $3.50 by giving us an extra golf ball, so that was awesome. We also did mini bowling, which was really fun and very different. I liked it. We just took turns playing on that one lane. We did not do bumper cars, go-karts, or laser tag. Of the games we did play, we used our tickets on such wonderful prizes as: a huge diamond ring, a slap bracelet, an air fist launcher, and something else I can't remember. I'm sure you can guess who got what.

After eating and playing, we headed to the dollar theater and saw The Three Musketeers. There was some corny writing in it--lines where you just knew someone was trying way too hard, but I thought it was pretty well-paced and entertaining. That little D'Artagnan was so darling! Cutest 17 year old I think I've ever seen. I'm totally guessing at his age, but he really is a cute boy. The movie was also good for all the snuggle time I got! I wish the seat arms at the dollar theater would lift up so it could be a little more cuddle friendly, but it was all managed anyway.

It was a pretty fun night, I thought! Thanks, Aaron!

Today I woke up and had tithing settlement with the bishop. It was a GREAT appointment. Seriously, amazing. When things are of a very spiritual and personal nature to me, I don't usually feel OK about sharing it. It sufficeth me to say that I may be taking some very big steps in the next few months if I can keep my act together.

My companion and I visit taught two of our teachees today also, which went really well. I'll do the third tomorrow before church.

Also, I finished BOTH of my craft Christmas projects for my family today. I'll post pictures and explanations later because you never know when the parents will check the blog. It was a lot, lot, lot of work! Like hours of work and frustration and learning curves. But it all turned out really awesomely, I think. My apartment is finally a little more livable.

Tomorrow I've got lots of baking to do and can hopefully get it all done and most of it delivered. I need to sleep. I also need a massage. I'm thinking I can only make one of those dreams come true. Right now.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Baking Noob

I'm making cake right now.

The box is from Western Family.

On it, the directions say, "Cake is done if toothpick inserted in center comes out clean."

Yep, so far so good. Pretty normal.

Then it says, "Do not test for doneness by touching with finger."

Wow. Thanks for that, Western Family.

What n00b messed that one up?

Chateaux at Silver Lake

On Sunday night, my good friend Aaron invited me to his company's Christmas party. Aaron works for Zagg, the company that makes InvisibleShields.

Naturally, I accepted the invitation. Who doesn't want to go to an awesome resort in Park City, dress up all pretty, eat free food, and be on the arm of an attractive man? Well, I just can't say no to that.

We stayed at The Chateaux. We arrived at about 5:30 and checked in. Our room was on the first floor. It was pretty small, but really nice. The bed was amazing. There was a fireplace. It was lovely. I thought Aaron got pictures of the room, but he didn't. So here are some other ones he took.

It took me a really long time to get ready. I triple barreled my hair, which is about down to my waist. So it took a while, but I am thinking it was worth the trouble.

We're cute, aren't we?

So we headed to dinner about ten minutes late thanks to my beautifying process (in my defense, he picked me up 20 minutes later than he was supposed to!).

Dinner was fabulous. I wish I had taken pictures of it. It started with a salad with balsamic dressing, and a tomato and cheese arrangement of sorts. It was yummy. Then dinner was chicken breast stuffed with goat cheese and mashed potatoes and buttered carrots. The potatoes were soooooooo yummy and creamy and delicious. Dessert was a cheesecake with dark chocolate sauce on it. Yum.

Somewhere in between there, we went and got some pictures taken by a professional photographer. He showed us on his camera afterward, and they are REALLY cute. I am excited to see them printed.

We watched some videos about the company and then listened to about an hour and a half of thank yous and highlights for the year. Zagg really is an impressive company.

This company has been known to spoil its employees. Last year, they got iPads for Christmas. In the summer, Aaron and his coworkers got iPods. He was anxiously anticipating what they would all receive this year.

Yeah. A Sharp 40" flat screen hi-def TV. Really!? In case you wanted to know how Aaron felt about this...

They could also exchange that for a $500 American Express card. If you were in doubt for some reason, he is keeping the TV.

We went back to the room to leave his goodies there (certificate, two Zagg chocolate bars, and a "jaunting" sweat jacket thing). I changed shoes, and we went back to dance. We danced until almost 11. It was so fun. I haven't danced in a long time. And I was totally goofy and awful, but I just wanted to have fun, so I did. They played "I Saw Her Standing There," "I Will Survive," "Boot Scootin' Boogie," "Tik Tok," "Dynamite," "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough," and other fun ones. The "slow" songs we danced to included Elvis Presley's, "Can't Help Falling In Love," and "Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond.

So we headed back to the room at 10:50. I took a picture of myself after dancing and getting all sweaty. But there's some idea of how I looked, at least.

Then Aaron decided we should wear the amazing robes they had hanging in the closet. So this is what followed.

We're dorks. I know.

And he took a picture of me sans makeup. Yikes.

I also did some videos for his next Webisode. What a goof. I think I made the camera shake from laughing at him, so his video probably won't be as usable. Oh well! :)

After our goofy robe photo shoot, we ate a Lindor chocolate that was left on the bed for us... and settled into that huge, feathery, king sized bed around midnight.

Neither of us wanted to get out of bed this morning. But we did, eventually, after lying there talking about lots of things for a while.

We had intended to eat breakfast at Main Street in Park City, but we didn't plan that out well enough, couldn't find Main Street, and ended up having Subway breakfast sandwiches at Kimball Junction. We hit the road, and here I am. I am super sleepy but had so much fun, as I always seem to do with Aaron.

Thanks for the fabulous trip, Aaron.